Attitudes and decision making about neonatal male circumcision in a Hispanic population in New York city

Gabriela M. Bisono, Lisa Simmons, Robert J. Volk, Dodi Meyer, Thomas C. Quinn, Susan L. Rosenthal

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Objective. To understand attitudes and decision making regarding neonatal male circumcision. Methods. Parents (n = 150) with a son 3 years old were interviewed regarding demographics, communication with a medical provider, attitudes, and process by which the neonatal circumcision decision was made. Results. Thirty-three percent of sons were circumcised. In univariate analyses, choosing male circumcision was associated with parents being interviewed in English, the father being circumcised, positive attitudes, being informed of the advantages of circumcision, making a decision before birth, and being offered a choice. In the final model, parents who came from a culture and family that believed in circumcision and who believed that it was not too risky were more likely to circumcise their sons. Conclusions. Decisions regarding circumcision appear to be influenced by values, risk perceptions, and medical providers. Future research should address ways of ensuring that families have the opportunity to make an informed decision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-963
Number of pages8
JournalClinical pediatrics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Hispanic
  • attitudes
  • circumcision
  • sexually transmitted infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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